US clears PAL flights amid 5G transmitter issues

Published January 20, 2022, 4:08 PM

by Ariel Fernandez

The United States has cleared the Philippine Air Line (PAL) for its flights after resolving the safety questions over the effect of new 5G transmitters on aircraft instruments in some US airports.

“The safety of our passengers and crew is always our top priority,” said PAL Senior Vice President for Operations Captain Stanley K. Ng.

“We welcome the intervention of the U.S. Government and will continue to engage closely with the authorities, airports, aircraft makers and aviation safety professionals to ensure that every PAL flight is operated according to the highest safety standards,” he added.

The statement came after the U.S. Department of Transportation assured the aviation community that aircraft landing in U.S. airports will not encounter interference from 5G radio waves, now that telecommunications companies have agreed with the Biden Administration to revise the deployment of the upgraded technology around key airports throughout the U.S.

PAL flies regularly to Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

PAL flights to Honolulu and Guam, as well as routes to other overseas destinations in Asia, North America, Australia and the Middle East, are not affected by the 5G concerns.